Gargling fire, empty samplers, ruined picture discs. Crucial Listening host Jack Chuter shares his three important albums.
Meshuggah were my favourite band throughout my teens. I’d already developed a love of metal music from the age of 13, but the addition of Meshuggah’s rhythmic complexity – unusual time signatures placed directly alongside a straight 4/4 beat – resulted in the perfect combination for me. Guttural impact
To what extent are Meshuggah “a metal band”? On record, it’s sometimes easy to forget; the band’s pursuit of polymetric rhythm in the evocation of something mechanical and alien has been at the expense of many of their metal ties, and it’s only with the occasional wail